4/2/2008 - AIM House forms a Partnership with Common Threads to Create Vocational Component
Common Threads is a cutting-edge consignment store in Boulder, Colorado created
by Libby Alexander and AIM House Founder, Mae Martin Conroy. Common Threads provides
training and mentoring opportunities for young adult participants of AIM House interested
in gaining real-world work experience.
In addition to purchasing and selling gently used clothing, Common Threads also
includes an open sewing area where customers can create custom T-shirts, embellish
denim or sew their own creations utilizing contemporary, yet simple, Amy Butler
patterns. Colorful bolts of modern fabrics line the sewing center. Common Threads
is also proud to "run green" and give back 5% of profits back to the Boulder community.
Mae had always hoped to open a business where young adults at AIM House can learn
practical, vocational skills while participating in their program at AIM House.
So far, participants have embraced the responsibility and are truly excited to be
doing hands-on work and gaining essential customer service skills. One AIM House
participant, Elizabeth, has been working at Common Threads for the past three months.
Elizabeth states, "This job is really fun and I love the people I work with. I've
learned to be dedicated to the work I'm doing and I really see how my role helps
the store to be successful and run smoothly. It's just great to be able to look
forward to going to work when I get up in the morning."
AIM House participants are offered the opportunity for a paid internship through
Common Threads working with Libby Alexander and Victoria Olson, AIM House Internship
and Vocational Coordinator. After completing four weeks of supervised shifts and
a comprehensive training program, participants must then complete an application
and interview for a more independent internship at the store completing tasks such
as sales, pricing, inventory and creating t-shirts for retail.
"People at school have even noticed the difference in my behavior."